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Anyone can Grow Organic Fruits and Vegetables No Matter Where You Live

Japanese Eggplant, Thai Basil and Lemon Grass
Japanese Eggplant, Thai Basil and Lemon Grass

With high gas prices, the cost and quality of food today we are all searching for ways to cut cost and provide our family with healthy fresh food. Here at the farm I am fortunate enough to grow enough food for myself and to share with my family. I have many years experience growing natural and organic fruits and vegetables. Although I am not a master gardener I feel pretty confident that I can provide you with information to help you get started.

Below this post you’ll see a comments section and a box to subscribe to comments. This post will act as an interactive discussion where you and others can ask questions or share your own links and information. Rather then post a multi page article on ALL your gardening options we’ll start with the basics and then wait for questions posted below and follow up post. If you subscribe to comments below you’ll receive an email each time someone post to this topic.

How do you grow an organic garden?

I admit that not every single thing that I do in my garden is considered organic by USDA standards. I may use a professional planting mix (Not miracle gro) and occasionally I will mulch with newspaper.  What I won’t use is pesticides or chemical fertilizers.  Few people realize the overall effects on your soil condition and food from chemicalfertilizers not mention what it does to wildlife.  Before we begin it’s important that you read :  Harmful Effects of Miracle Gro

The simplest and most effective way to grow fruits and vegetables is in a raised bed or containers. It’s much easier to control weeds and the condition the soil.  You can also grow in 5 gallon buckets or anything that holds soil.

How much sunlight is in the area you wish to place your garden? You need at least 6-8 hours of natural light per day.

In the ground or in a bed? Most of my gardening is done intensively in raised beds and automated irrigation. I find this way quicker, easier and produces larger crops. A bed can be made of anything, however stay away from pressure treated woods or they will leech harmful chemicals into your soil. I use white cedar, however this is expensive. Maybe others here have ideas? VERY IMPORTANT- always line the bottom and sides with weed cloth or nursery ground cover. Otherwise you’ll have weeds and grass growing straight up into your beds.

Using Straw Bales. Put down some weed cloth or ground cover. Sit straw bales on them. Do not take off the twine. Put top soil and compost smeared all on top, dig out holes into the straw with a spade and plant your seedlings in this. Then set up soaker hoses pinning it down on top, next to your plants and set up a simple timer on your facet to the hoses. Be sure to fertilize often because it runs down into the straw. This works great. It drains well and the roots get plenty of air.

What type of soil? Although you can grow in almost anything that drains, soil PH and balance is important. I also want a mix that will help save on watering. I like to use something you can get at a large Nursery call Sunshine Pro Mix 1. It comes in a 2 cubic foot bale. It cost about 30 bucks but it will fill a average size bed and go a long way. It also is a soiless mix containing peat, perlite, mosses. In the long run you’ll save money and time. You can however purchase bags of top soil, manure and compost to make your own. have at it!  If you have a lot of beds, a large garden then this could be a process, building your soil. We’ll get into compost soon.  Deciding to use organic potting soil is a personal choice. The truth is you can use almost anything if you’re willing to amend the soil so that it can provide nutrients to your plants.

More coming soon. Please feel free to start posting your questions below. I’ll keep add to this post and be sure to check the comments for post and replies.


17 Responses to “Anyone can Grow Organic Fruits and Vegetables No Matter Where You Live”

  • Hi there just getting started and wondering which soil to buy and what fertilizer to buy. When do I use the fertilizer and also, how does ‘city water’ work when trying to water my plants. I have set up buckets to try and capture rain water but not sure if it will be enough.

  • Angie I’ll finish the entire post today and start answering questions. Can you let me know if you go this notice in email? I want to make sure its working

  • I didn’t get a notice today via email. I did get one this morning at 7:17 that was the last notice. I just went back to check if you posted and you did! Thanks for the info. I will keep reading (and asking questions as they arise) thank you so much.

  • Angie just buy potting soil on sale and bags of compost. Put one bag of compost to every 50 pound bag of top soil. Mix it in a wheel barrel or add each in layer and mix while filling your buckets. Make sure there are holes in the bottom of your buckets and put a bunch of rocks in the bottom of your bucket to help drainage. You don’t need to fertilize right away. If it’s seeds wait until they are at least a few inches. If you buy plants wait about 2 weeks to let the roots settle. Put mulch around the plant on top of the soil. Are you going to use organic fertilizer? There are some at lowes in a bag depending on what you grow. We’ll also be covering compost if you want to get into that.

  • Yes I am interested in compost. Also is it important to buy ‘organic’ seeds and ‘organic’ plants? Also about the water, I have heard that if you put ‘city’ water in a bucket the chlorine will evaporate and leave a better water for the plant, what do you think? I know on a farm you probably have a stream or something more fresh but in the city we are limited. THANKS again for the tips!!

  • I personally buy Organic and Biodynamic, untreated seeds. Many seeds are altered and you can’t collect your own seeds. although I buy a lot of seeds I also collect many of my seeds from plants I’ve already grown. You still have time to get seeds and start your own plants. Lowes has a seed starting tray with greenhouse dome. these work great. What do you want to grow?
    yes, I would stay away from city water period. Do you use filters on your house?
    You can get a hose filter

    Camco 40043 TastePURE RV Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector

    it’s cheap, but also find a 50 gallon container, put a screen on top to keep debris out and spigot and collect rain water. I may not be enough all the time but it will save some on your filter.

    We have a big turning compost bin but this year thinking about worms.

  • this place ships fast. Let me know what you want to grow and how much. I may have some extra plants. Next year we’ll definitely have lots to sell.

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